All About Eve (1950)
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All About Eve is a 138-minute running 1950 American drama movie written that was released during 1950. The movie was produced by an American studio executive and movie maker, Darryl F. Zanuck and it is directed by a movie director, producer and screenwriter, Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The movie was derived from "The Wisdom of Eve" a short story written in 1946 by Mary Caswell Orr, an American short story writer and actress, even though screen credit was not offered for it.
The movie celebrities Ruth Elizabeth Davis, an American movie and TV actress, cast as Margo Channing, a highly considered, but aging Broadway celebrity and Anne Baxter, American actress, plays the role of Eve Harrington, a motivated young fan who indicates herself into the life of Channing, eventually threatening Channing's profession and her personal affiliations. The All About Eve movie provided one of initial vital roles of Marilyn Monroe.
Origin of the movie
The story of the All About Eve movie initiated in a story associated with Mary Orr with Elisabeth Bergner, an actress. While acting in “The Two Mrs. Carrolls” in 1943 and 1944, Bergner permitted a young admirer to turn out to be part of her domestic and used her as a helper, but afterward, regretted her kindness when the woman tried to demoralize her. Mentioning her only as "the awful girl", Bergner related the incidents to Orr, who exploited it as the foundation for her short tale "The Wisdom of Eve". In the tale, Orr provides the girl with a more cruel character and permits her to thrive in stealing the profession of the older actress. Later, Bergner authenticated the base of the tale in Greatly Admired and Greatly Scolded, her autobiography.
During 1949, Mankiewicz, the director of the movie was considering a tale regarding an aging actress and, on reading "The Wisdom of Eve", felt the cunning girl would be a helpful added component. He sent a memorandum to Darryl F. Zanuck, the producer of the movie, saying it fits with his creative idea and could be combined. Mankiewicz presented a movie treatment of the shared stories under the name Best Performance. He changed the name of the main character to Margo Channing from Margola Cranston and retained some of the characters of Orr, Karen Richards, Lloyd, and Miss Casswell, while eliminating the husband character of Margo Channing husband totally and changing him with a novel character, Bill Sampson. The purpose was to portray Channing in a novel relationship and let Eve Harrington threaten both personal and professional lives of Channing. Mankiewicz also included the characters, such as Birdie Coonan, Addison DeWitt, Phoebe and Max Fabian.
Zanuck, the producer of the movie was eager and provided many suggestions for civilizing the screenplay. In a few sections, he felt the writing of Mankiewicz lacked delicacy or provided undue detail. He recommended weakening Birdie Coonan's envy of Eve, so the spectators would not distinguish Eve as a villain, pending much later in the tale. Zanuck abridged the screenplay of the movie by 50 pages and chose the name All About Eve from the starting scenes in which Addison DeWitt speaks that he will actually shortly inform more about Eve and All regarding Eve.
Awards and nominations
The All About Eve movie was nominated for several awards in many categories and won many awards in different categories. Some of the notable wins and nominations of the movie include:
The All About Eve movie won the 1951 Academy Awards, USA for the Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Recording categories.
The movie was nominated for Oscar for the Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing and Best music categories during 1951.